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Rafa remains - for now
Real Madrid have pledged their continued support for the beleaguered Rafa Benitez but, as Mike Barnes writes, the Coach remains under pressure.
Key Clasico battles in every area
Amid much speculation over the fitness of Lionel Messi ahead of El Clasico, the game could be won and lost in other key positions, writes Mike Barnes.
Renewed doubts over Rafa
Real Madrid’s defeat at Sevilla last weekend has renewed pressure on Rafa Benitez, but Mike Barnes questions whether criticism of the Coach is really justified.
Messi’s golden decade
This week marked 10 years since Lionel Messi’s first Champions League goal. Mike Barnes looks back at his impact on the competition over the past decade.
Another year, another dawn
Luis Suarez celebrated his first year at Camp Nou with a hat-trick on Sunday. Mike Barnes examines the controversial striker’s Barcelona journey.
Barca buoyant but Sevilla suffer
Sevilla were the only losers among Spain’s Champions League contenders this week. Mike Barnes reviews the fortunes of the five La Liga clubs in the latest round of group matches.
Steady Spain seal Euro berth
Spain rubber-stamped qualification for Euro 2016 with wins in their final two games. Mike Barnes reviews La Roja’s steady rather than spectacular progress towards France.
Madrid stalemate, Barca beaten
Barcelona suffered a second loss in as many games, the Madrid derby ended in stalemate, and Malaga finally found the net. Mike Barnes rounds up the weekend’s La Liga action.
Player of Week 20: Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi is Mike Barnes’ Player of the Week after another all-action performance by the Argentine in Barcelona’s comfortable win Elche.
Messi and Enrique in Barca struggle for unity
It has not been a good week for Barcelona but, as Mike Barnes explains, things may have to get worse at Camp Nou before they get better.
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